Quiz 4: Gender Development, Gender Roles, and Gender Identity


The nature of gender has its basis in the genetic makeup of individuals and interventions after birth might to change genders might be counter-productive. The case study of Brenda/Bruce reiterates that genetics govern gender and any attempts to clinically alter the gender will yield negative results. Gender is largely determined by innate mechanisms and social learning does not play a deterministic role physiologically.

The distinction between masculinity and femininity is gradually being reduced as time progresses. With better understanding of gender basis and technological development, the gap between masculinity and femininity becomes narrower. The changing perceptions on gender and sexuality are making old stereotypes redundant.

The advancements in understanding sexuality and gender help in breaking the stereotypic traditional and cultural views. However, there exists a bias on the male and female genders, with several dominant traits being attributed to masculinity. Hence, though "She's one of the guys" is accepted as a compliment, the "He's one of the girls" is considered a put-down.